D.I.Y. Painted Cork Coasters

D.I.Y. Painted Cork Coasters

Rebecca Orlov
Feb 4, 2009

February is do-it-yourself month at Apartment Therapy and we wanted to include some small accents too. We spotted these modern number coasters over at Modern Cottage and thought they were an affordable and easy project that looks great. Check out the how-to steps after the jump...


  • 1/4″ mdf

  • cork tiles

  • printed numbers or simple design for the coasters

  • xacto knife

  • straight edge

  • cutting mat

  • freezer paper

  • spray paint

  • spray varnish

  • fine grit sandpaper

1) Cut your mdf into six 4" squares and sand the edges to smooth off any rough spots.

2) Cut your cork into squares that are the same size as your mdf squares.

3) Tape one of your number print-outs to your cutting mat. Then tear off a sheet of freezer paper and tape it, shiny-side down, over your number. Cut out the shape of the number, in the freezer paper, with a sharp xacto knife. Do that with all your numbers.

4) Place one of your stencils - shiny side down - on one of your cork squares. Press down with a warm iron. The wax on the freezer paper will melt enough to temporarily adhere the stencil to the cork square. Repeat with each stencil and cork square.

5)Take your cork squares with the stencils stuck to them outside and spray paint them.

6) Lay out your mdf squares and spray all sides and the edges with the varnish. (These will be the backings for your cork.)

7) When the varnish is dry, use a glue gun to glue the mdf to the back of the cork and you are done.

[Images and project via Modern Cottage.]

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